A teenager has been accused of purposely running over and killing a 70-year-old man on a walking path in St. Cloud.
The incident took place on Friday, 21st April 2023. The accused, Israel M. Madimba, 16, has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree intentional murder.
Madimba appeared in court on Monday and is being held without bail of $1 million. The defense requested an evaluation to determine Madimba’s competency to be charged in this case.
A court document revealed that Madimba has previously been diagnosed with mental health concerns.
The County Attorney’s Office stated that a grand jury must assess the evidence to prosecute Madimba on first-degree murder charges, which carries a mandatory life sentence.
According to the allegations, Madimba stole a car from a St. Cloud YMCA locker, saw the victim walking on the path, and decided to run him over.
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The victim, Norbert J. Olmscheid, was found unconscious on the ground when police arrived and later passed away at St. Cloud Hospital.
Madimba claimed he ran over someone when he dialed 911. Witnesses confirmed Madimba’s confession that he accelerated and struck the unsuspecting victim after listening to a song about murder.
Madimba cannot be tried as a juvenile due to the first-degree murder charge. The accusations against Madimba raise concerns about the impact of music and mental health on teenagers.